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Crime and Deviance: a failing prison system?

Knife crime

– prison sentences for possession have doubled in length over a decade to more than six months following the imposition of inflexible new laws in the wake of media pressure. Yet the most recent quarterly crime figures show an 11% increase in knife offences. There has also been a rise in admissions to hospital for knife wounds

– average jail terms last four months longer than 10 years ago.

-there has been more than 1 million extra days of imprisonment

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Sociology and Media Studies teacher at Hazelwick School, West Sussex. Former teacher at Felpham Community College and Doha College

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